Chinese State Councilor, Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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Chinese State Councilor, Foreign Minister meets UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

On Sept 23, 2022, the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States. PHOTO XINHUA NEW YORK - Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday at the UN General AssemblyUN General Assembly's 77th session.

Secretary-General Guterres has called for strengthening international cooperation, as the world today is full of changes and chaos, which the Chinese side deeply appreciates, said Wang.

He said that China has always been advocating for major countries, especially permanent members of the UN Security CouncilUN Security Council, to take the lead in complying with international law, in maintaining the authority of the UN, in practice of multilateralism and in helping developing countries, and that certain major countries use unilateralism in the name of multilateralism, and create small circles or cliques everywhere under the pretext of maintaining so-called rules.

China will stand firmly with the UN, support the UN's central role in international affairs, and support the UN in playing a bigger role in addressing challenges confronting peace and security, Wang said.

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Guterres expressed appreciation for the key role China has played in upholding multilateralism, promoting international cooperation and sustainable development, and saying that the partnership with China is an important pillar for the UN and multilateralism.

He said that the UN supports the Global Development Initiative GDI and China has successfully organized the Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the GDI, which he believed would speed up the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Guterres briefed Wang about the recent efforts to promote Ukrainian grain shipments and Russia's fertilizer exports, and expressed deep concern about the difficulties facing developing countries due to spillover from the Ukrainian crisis.

Guterres said that the UN takes development as a priority and hopes to strengthen cooperation with China on issues bearing bearing the interest of developing countries, such as financing, climate change responses, biodiversity, and anti-pandemic measures.

In a statement, Wang said that China appreciates the Secretary-General's active mediation and tangible results, and China's core position on the Ukrainian issue is to promote peace talks and stand on the side of peace. He stressed that China will continue to play a constructive role in its own way.

Wang emphasized that Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed the GDI and Global Security Initiative, which has contributed to boosting international development cooperation and helping implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and has provided public goods to mitigate peace and security deficit and cope with the current severe challenges.

He said that China will continue to support the various causes of the UN and assume its due responsibilities, as well as work closely with the UN to reach greater consensus, gather more forces and facilitate more actions.

On the same day, Wang also met Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Ali Sabry.